Ilhan Omar, a representative of the US Congress from the Democratic Party, believes that Muslims are being persecuted in India. That is why she has demanded to nominate India in the US Parliament as a country where religious freedom is in a worrying condition according to USCIRF Recommendations. This proposal of hers has also gotten the support of some other MPs.
USCIRF: What is the Ilhan Omar resolution?
The resolution sought to implement the recommendations of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). the primary purpose of this resolution is to declare India as a country of ‘particular concern’ because of the violation of religious freedom.
It has been said in this resolution that The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has been demanding for the past several years to declare India as a ‘country of concern’ in the matter of religious freedom. The US should act on this recommendation and declare India as a Country of Particular Concern.
Ilhan Omar’s proposal in America has also been supported by the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC).
USCIRF: What does Ilhana Omar say about India?
Ilhana says that the Indian government has been working on a policy of repression against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits for the last few years. America should raise its voice about religious freedom in India so that all religious minorities can live peacefully there.
Ilhan’s proposal has been sent to the Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action. Ilhan’s stand on India is not new, she has often been taking controversial steps regarding India and Kashmir.
Ilhan’s stand has always been considered anti-India. This is not the first time that she has been an attacker against India.
Who is Ilhan Omar?
Ilhan was born in Somalia. Originally she was a citizen of Africa. At the age of 13, she came to America as a refugee due to the civil war in Somalia. In November she contested and became the first Somali American lawmaker. Ilhan is one of the first two lawmakers to reach the US Parliament. She wears a hijab and raises her voice against the atrocities on Muslims across the world.
Ilhan has spoken openly about the Uyghur Muslims in China, the Sri Lanka Easter bombings in 2019, and the mistreatment of Muslims in Palestine.
WHAT IS USCIRF?
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent agency created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). This monitors the right to freedom of religion or belief worldwide. If they find a violation of policies by any country they issue recommendations to improve it.
Let us tell you that in very extreme conditions, economic sanctions are imposed on countries that violate religious freedom.
USCIRF believes that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.”
(USCIRF) has already commented on religious freedom in India. This organization had warned India at the time of CAA NRC and Tabrez Ansari’s lynching. However, the Government of India says that the observation of this institution is very one-sided.
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